- Museum Accession No.: EA1990.1242
- Catalogue No.: 72
- Object type: Figure of dancing woman
- Kiln/Location: Early Enamelled Ware, Arita
- Period/Date: c. 1660-80
- Dimensions: H. 24.0 cm
- Provenance: Story Fund
- Description: Figure of a dancing woman. Red, yellow, blue, green and black enamels. Left foot forward and protruding from under-kimono. Open red fan with blue cloud decoration in elongated right hand. Her uchikake (long overgarment) with red, blue and yellow chrysanthemums on green ground, under-kimono with spots and waves on a green ground. Narrow black obi (sash).
This is one of a pair formerly at Drayton House, Northamptonshire; the other is in a private collection in America. The figure is clearly ancestral to the classic standing Kakiemon bijin figures; see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, no. 165. It may be related to the figure of a woman formerly at the British Museum (Jenyns, 1965, fig. 55B) and to the figure of a dancing man in the Museo Duca di Martina, Naples (Ambrosio, 1984, no. 1.12).
- Exhibited: Fukuoka, 1995, no. 51
- Similar Example:
- Illustrated: Hinton and Impey, 1989, pl. 21